Friday, September 29, 2006

Capetown (day 7)

today was exciting, more for the anticipation it created..
I booked my tour, that leaves from Jo-berg on monday.. that leaves me with today and the weekend, where I leave for joberg on a bus on sunday afternoon, arriving early early in the morning, to begin the tour.

No idea where and when i'll have internet during the tour, when I do i'll try and update, but i'll be on the move, so who knows how its going to turn out.. anyways here's the itinerary..

Day 1 South Africa Swaziland – Malolotja Nature Reserve
We depart Johannesburg and travel through scenic Mpumalanga until we reach the border to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Entering Swaziland we travel to the Malolotja Nature Reserve where will be spending the night. There are a number of wonderful walks in the area as well as some optional excursions accompanied by a local ranger. Optional Activities: Hiking, Nature Walks.

Day 2 Shewula
Traditional thatch and stone houses scatter the hillsides around the Shewula Mountain Camp. This community- run eco-tourism facility has been a great success and here you can experience some of the traditional Swazi lifestyle. A fantastic option is to arrange a traditional Swazi meal and join in with the preparation. Optional Activities: Traditional Dancing, Traditional Meal, Walks in Reserve.

Day 3 Moçambique – Praia do Tofo
Today we will leave Swaziland behind us and cross in to Moçambique. We will be traveling north alongside the ocean and experience the beautiful vistas of the Moçambique coast. In the late afternoon we arrive at our first camp at Praia do Tofo where we can take our first swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Optional Activities: Snorkeling, Fishing, Scuba Diving.

Day 4 Morrungulo
A short drive up the coastline takes us to Morrungulo where we will spend the night. There are many optional activities here such as fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. In between activities there is time to relax on the beautiful beach. Optional Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Fishing.

Day 5/6/7 Vilankulo Bazaruto Archipelago
Today we depart Morrungulo and drive north to Vilankulo. There is an opportunity to cross by dhow or speedboat to the islands in the Bazaruto Archipelago where we relax 'island style', snorkeling or soaking up the sun. Should you decide not to go to the islands then Vilankulo offers many interesting sights. Those who went to the islands will arrive back in Vilankulo fairly late and so we spend the night here before returning to the Inhambane area the next day. Optional Activities: Bazaruto Excursion.

Day 8/9 Inhambane
Driving south through beautiful coconut plantations, we pass through the Old European settlement of Inhambane, haunted by the memories of the old slave trade along the coast. In the early afternoon we arrive at our campsite, right on the beach, for the next two days. We will have a full day to partake in the various optional activities here, including horse riding and Quad biking. Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, Quad Biking, Snorkeling, Fishing, Boat Cruise.

Day 10 Maputo
From Inhambane we drive further south to the bustling capital of Moçambique. We arrive in Maputo in the afternoon where we will have time to explore and experience this true African city.

Day 11/12 South Africa – Kruger National Park
Today we return to South Africa to the world famous Kruger National Park where we will do our best to see Africa’s Big 5. Two nights are spent in this magnificent area viewing game and taking photos. The South African National Parks offers informative dawn game walks and night drives in the park (accompanied by a ranger). These are excellent for seeing the smaller animals and experiencing the wilderness. Optional Activities: Night Drive and Dawn Game Walks.

Day 13 Panorama Route Cheetah Breeding Centre
Sadly we leave Kruger behind us, but our visit to the Cheetah breeding centre more than makes up for any disappointment felt. We will also be traveling the Panorama Route through some spectacular scenery on our last full day of tour. Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes will be some of today’s highlights.

Day 14 Johannesburg
Today the tour ends. Depending on our time and sightings the day before in Kruger, we might use the morning to catch up on any of the highlights that we might have missed yesterday. We return to Johannesburg where you will be dropped off. Most groups will arrange dinner together this evening in one of Johannesburg’s many excellent restaurants.


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